The Adventures of Camellia N.

The Rainforest

Children - Adventure
40 Pages
Reviewed on 05/21/2018
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Author Biography

The idea for my environmentally-focused children’s series, The Adventures of Camellia N., came to life first in my dreams. I believe authentic stories come from within. My father, an early pioneer in sustainability; recycled, reused and taught me to take care of and protect our wildlife. I was inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Sylvia Earle while in college. Their life journeys, coupled with an innate curiosity and appreciation for our environment has given me hope and served as an inspiration for my series.

I have a Master's degree from Harvard University and was fortunate to study under Dr. Gerry Lesser, one of the innovators and co-creators of Sesame Street. I am a Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and the recipient of the global Charles H. Sandage Excellence in Teaching Award. My past includes spearheading the award-winning For Kids Sake Campaign, having my own monthly columns in both KidScreen and Sunshine Family Magazine, founding my own marketing agency, and working with a myriad of companies and TV studios throughout the planet. In my tenure, I also directed the global marketing efforts for the crown jewels of Warner Bros... Looney Tunes, Baby Looney Tunes, Pinky & the Brain, among other classic animated properties.

I do believe Camellia is a catalyst for change and my hope is that she will help educate children to make a dent in our world. I also hope that she will become a part of your life… as she has mine.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kris Rondon for Readers' Favorite

The Adventures of Camellia N.: The Rainforest by Debra L. Wideroe is the third in a series of environmentally-focused educational books for young readers between the ages 5-9. The story unfolds when Camellia N., after saying good night to her beloved grandmother, awakens deep in the jungle. She meets a talkative giant otter named Otto, along with a quirky cotton-top tamarin called QTipp, and Jacki, a jaguar who just happens to be vegan. The story continues as Camellia N. discovers that the rainforest is home to half of the species of plants and wildlife of our globe and learns about the critical role that rainforests play in our planet’s climate.

The Adventures of Camellia N. is a delightful children’s book which introduces the rainforest to kids in an easy to understand manner. The story is beautifully illustrated by Daniela Frongia in a style which makes the story comprehensible and relatable. The illustrations are enchanting. The Adventures of Camellia N. can be used by both parents and teachers to educate young minds about different environments and teach them about wildlife and natural resources on this planet in a really fun and entertaining way. A quote from Carl Sagan comes to mind when reading this eminently enjoyable children’s book: “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” Debra L. Wideroe has used her imagination to transport the young reader with Camellia N. on a journey of adventure that is delightful.